Need Identification, Please

SnorkMaidenMarch 6, 2012

Hi-

I recently moved to a house that has a raised bed. The previous occupant prepared the soil but never got around to planting. I've been pulling up everything that's managed to get past the ground cloth or take root on the surface so I can begin planting a vegetable garden, and I found this palm. Can anyone identify it?

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jaynboro(7 TN)

Looks like a Pygmy date palm to me.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 8:02PM
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subtropix

I agree, definitely Pygmy Date.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 8:38PM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Definitely a Pygmy palm!
-Alex

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 12:40PM
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SnorkMaiden

Thanks, everyone!

Now that I know what it is, I kind of want to keep it. Are there any reasons I shouldn't plant edibles in the rest of the bed?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 12:21AM
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tropicalzone7(7b)

Edibles should be okay planted in the bed (good question though since its always good to make sure). I wouldnt plant it too closely to the palm though since the spines near the growing bud of the palm are very painful (they release a mild toxin to the skin so it hurts more than just a regular pinch). I would plant some flowering plants or annuals under the palm and some edibles a little bit farther away.
-Alex

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 1:20AM
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SnorkMaiden

Thanks, Alex! I'm new to palms, so this really helps.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 2:33PM
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